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LongFin Swim & Yoga
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Celeste W.
Verified review

I had my first swim lesson with Veronique last Friday and she was lovely. She is very focused and professional, but she also brings a child-like sense of fun to the physical challenges of swimming. As people have mentioned, she does the first half of the lesson in the air and the second half in the water. It's interesting to translate the physics of open-air efforts into the water. I have my second lesson tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it.

  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Mimi M.
Verified review

I reached out to Scott to book a few swimming classes so I could relearn the crawl stroke that I forgot 25 years ago. Scott worked with me to pick the best public swimming pool, time, gear, etc. The lessons have been great, Scott certainly knows his stuff about swimming, and I am well on my way to looking like I know what I'm doing in a pool!

The Explorer's Club
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Michael G.
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Exactly what you need and then some in a very supportive, chill environment. I have been working with Conrad Sherby. I started occasionally with him 3 years ago at the big, shiny gym (that I still appreciate). If you continue to take Conrad's suggestions on a regular basis, you can make real progress, injury free, in multiple physical and mental facets. The guy is extremely mature, educated, worldly and is helpful on many levels. Most importantly, he LISTENS to what you want to achieve. He seems to like clients who have had injuries, or difficult biologies, and to work with them to make them more successful than they thought they could be. I have never felt judged by him if I don't do what I agreed to. I just know I will not reach my goals in the anticipated time if I don't deliver. My main problem is to make myself work as hard when I am on my own as paying a trainer for more than a couple of times a week is not realistic. Some advantages of Conrad are that he has a strong background in nutrition not just in exercise physiology and he can help with swimming off-site if you make arrangements. At the facility, I recognize a lot of the trainers as the better ones from other local facilities. My observation is there are all levels of clients from teenagers working out their excess testosterone to much older people looking to maintain their health. The environment is very relaxed and respectful. Plenty of equipment but of the weights, cables, balls, kettle bell variety. It doesn't have lots of single muscle LifeFitness or Nautilus equipment as that is not their approach. Functional, multi-muscle exercises is the philosophy. You don't pay a facility fee; you pay what you work out with your trainer. The facility is covered. It is extremely clean. There are bathrooms that double as a changing area but there is no shower. It is not a spa type gym. It's a training/workout place that smells nice and is clean and well equipped. I like my time there and have lots of respect for Conrad and am impressed by the other trainers I see working with their clients.

Dive Right In
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
Verified review

I'm currently taking lessons with Marlee and it's been a couple of months now. She has helped me to slowly get over my fear of the water and gotten me from basic floats to the crawl stroke to the breast stroke. I feel like I've made so much progress with her that it's been all worth it. I previously had an experience with a YMCA instructor and he simply increased my fear. It has felt amazing to be able to move in the water more fearlessly and getting from one point to another. I would definitely recommend Marlee :)

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly L.
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Alyssa is a great swim teacher. In one summer, she transformed my four year old son from someone who was afraid to even enter the water to someone who loves cannon balling into the swimming pool. She focuses on safety skills and makes the class fun for the kids. Highly recommend!

Anna Water Safe Mermaid
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Deepa K.
Verified review

Anna was my son's swim coach in Menlo swim and sport. My son had taken swim lessons elsewhere in the past. We were not too happy with them. Our first coach in Menlo swim wasnt too impressive either. But, Lindsey, the manager there recommended Anna to us stating that Anna is a very patient and skilled coach. She was indeed right. My son learnt a lot from her in a very short period of time and he improved vastly. I'd highly recommend her if you are looking for someone to coach your child.

Safe and Happy Swimming
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Brandy C.
Verified review

I highly recommend Ara as a swimming instructor. Especially if you have a scared or reluctant lil swimmer. She was patient and very experienced. She's the best book her right away.

  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Aaron has been a great coach for my 7 year old son. Very patient and encouraging while also making sure the child focuses on technique. My son has made rapid progress in swimming (starting from scratch) under his coaching.

Executive Wellness Services
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Smriti M.
Verified review

Coach Brett was fun, patient, and encouraging! He explained all the moves clearly, helped me understand what to correct each time, and was very supportive when I hit well. He is a former pro, and clearly loves the game. He was also great about working through logistics and scheduling to set this up. I'm looking forward to more lessons with him!

I Swim-Adult Swim Lessons
from 2 reviews
    Holly R.
    Verified review

    Nicole is a fun, energetic amazing swimming instructor! She is so great with children. I have three children who successfully practice on the swim team. Choose Nicole! She is the best!

    from 2 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    • 19 hires on Thumbtack
    Sherry L.
    Verified review

    Excellent swim instruction for my 5.5 year old. Very technique oriented yet in a fun and friendly way. She won't learn any bad habits and is learning the strokes in the proper manner. My daughter can not wait to go back for swim lessons every week!

    The Joy of Swimming
    from 2 reviews
      Rebecca C.
      Verified review

      Both my son and daughter attended The Joy of Swimming School for several summers. The instructors were very patient and fun. The kids looked forward to going to swim lessons. My son learned how to swim from one end of the pool to the other and dive. My daughter used to cling to my neck tightly, but now she loves to jump into the pool and swim. It's great to know that they both know water safety and know what to do if they fall in the water. They also have experience working with special needs kids.

      PawzSwim Kids and Pups
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Jocelyn H.
      Verified review

      My 4 yr daughter Athena was deathly afraid of water. Although she was defiant and a bit hard to handle coach Tay was able to get her to swim. Now my daughter is 5 and is on level 6! Learning backstroke!

      • 4 years in business
      • 5 hires on Thumbtack

      The Swimming Swan consists of highly experienced Swim Instructors, Certified Lifeguards and USA Certified Swim Coaches. Our staff are passionate professionals that have backgrounds in swimming and teaching with a combined average of 7.8 years. Prices depend on the number of swimmers in the group - the more swimmers, the more of a decrease in cost. (Please see website) We travel to any backyard pool or community pool to give our communities an alternative Aquatics approach that is flexible and convenient for the busy family. We also provide private pool party Lifeguard services to keep your guests safe and under the watchful eye of a professional.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      George G.
      Verified review

      She is very nice and very competent


      I can provide swim lessons to all ages, from beginner to competitive stroke technique. You provide the location; I'll provide the instruction.


      I became a swimming trainer because it's my passion. I started swimming when I was just 10 years old, and I love yoga too.


      I can teach all ages and can handle private/semi-private and group! I emphasize heavily on techniques and constructing correct streamline postures, from beginner to competitive levels. I was in youth competitive swimming team in early age. I'm an ASCA swim coach member and USA swimming coach member. I strongly believe everybody can learn how to swim, and it's never too late to learn! I will provide high-quality professional service!


      I stimulate, motivate and encourage students' well-being by engaging the mind and body through the art of swimming.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack

      I inspire people of all ages to live buoyantly by learning how to swim -- to experience comfort, to develop confidence, and to compete in the water. For over 10 years, I have effectively taught students of all ages swimming and water-safety skills. The following are my skills and attributes: * Enthusiastically interested to teach children and adults how to swim * Well-rounded with training in lake, pool, and ocean environments * Adaptive to teach individuals of different ages and of different abilities * Creative and patient, to ensure participants have a positive experience * Proactive, to keep aquatic environments safe and well-maintained I am a Palo Alto based aquatic professional with 10 years of success in teaching children and adults to swim for comfort, confidence, and competition. Live buoyantly. Learn to swim. Take the plunge. Call today!


      I specialize in teaching special needs children and adults how to swim. I have over 10 years of experience and a 100% success rate.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      At what age should you start swim lessons?

      From 6 months to 96 years old, no one is too young or too old to benefit from swimming lessons. Once your baby is six months old, they are eligible to take “parent and me” swimming lessons from most swim schools. When babies are between six months and several years, you or another guardian must be with the baby throughout the entire lesson for safety reasons. Even if babies can’t walk, they quickly adapt to moving in water, so familiarizing them early means more fun for everyone and keeps them from being afraid of water later on. It also helps with water safety and drowning prevention. As for adults and seniors, it’s never too late to start swimming. Knowing how to swim can not only save your life, it provides an impact-free way to safely exercise and keep muscles and joints limber. Swimming can even help relieve pain from chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most swimming schools offer group or private instruction, so if you’re shy about learning a new skill, you can do so one-on-one.

      Why are swimming lessons important?

      Swimming lessons have major health and safety benefits, not to mention the fact that swimming is really fun. Here are some of the many reasons swimming lessons are important:

      • Life saving: Knowing how to swim can help you save your own life or the life of someone else. Prevent drowning by learning to swim.
      • Improved health in seniors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that water-based exercise can decrease disability and maintain bone density in seniors.
      • Good mental health: Swimming can improve moods in both men and women, according to the CDC. Swimming can help with depression, can create bonds in families and can promote mental wellness in pregnant women.
      • Arthritis relief: Water-based exercise can ease joint and other physical pain in people suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
      • Whole-body workout: Swimming works all your muscles — without the impact of a sport like running.
      • Water safety: It’s important for swimmers of all ages to learn about water safety. Swim lessons provide the proper pool and water etiquette to help keep everyone safe and having fun.  

      How much are swimming lessons?

      Not only is swimming fun, but knowing how to swim can save your life by preventing drowning. The average national cost for swimming lessons ranges between $40 and $50. Swimming lessons can vary in price depending the type and length of lesson you select. Private swimming lessons, where you receive one-on-one coaching with a swim instructor, will cost more than group lessons. The longer the lesson, the more it will cost. Swimming lessons are available for people of all ages, so if you’re an adult just learning to swim there are beginners’ classes suitable for you. There are also advanced classes for adults who are training for races or want to hone their skills. Pricing can vary depending on where you live as well as the amenities offered by the pool. For example, a pool with private locker rooms and a hot tub may have higher rates than a basic swimming pool. Here are some examples of the average costs of adult swimming lessons:

      • Private lessons for adults:
        • 30-minute lesson: $35-$50.
        • 60-minute lesson: $55-$80.
      • Group lessons for adults:
        • Ongoing 60-minute lessons: $90-$110 per month.
        • 60-minute drop-in lesson: $25-$40 each.

      How do you prepare for infant swimming lessons?

      There are several steps you can take to prepare both yourself and your baby for the exciting adventure of infant swimming lessons. Start by introducing your baby to being in the water via the bathtub. There are no immunizations specific to swimming that your child needs before playing in a public pool, but do research to confirm the pool is well-maintained and has a clean bill of health. You’ll need the right swim gear; proper attire can include swim diapers and protective swim pants. Be prepared to check regularly and change soiled diapers as needed. The CDC warns against allowing your child in a public pool if they have any symptoms of diarrhea; swim diapers and swim pants can’t protect against transmission of germs in this case. For outdoor pools, apply water-resistant sunscreen to the delicate skin on your baby’s face and body approximately 30 minutes before pool time to prevent burns. For the health of your baby and other children, it’s important for your child to be in good health when attending swim lessons. If they have a cold or fever, it’s better to keep them home. Finally, be prepared to have fun.

      How early can babies start swimming?

      Most swimming instructors and swim schools offer infant swimming starting at six months. Although it is not formal swimming, the lessons familiarize your baby with moving in the water, and also teach you the basics of keeping your baby safe in the water. You or another guardian will stay with the baby in the water throughout the entire lesson.

      The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend formal swim instruction until one year old, but taking your infant to regular swim class can be fun, safe and helpful for developing baby’s coordination and awareness of water. Experts urge parents not to become overconfident in their children’s water skills. Keep in mind that most children aren’t really able to swim on their own until they’re at least four years old. Even if they’ve had swim lessons, always watch younger children when they’re in the water and be ready to react in case of an emergency.

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      Need Swimming Lessons for a Toddler

      Dublin, CA

      • Swimming skill level
        No experience
      • Swimming goal(s)
        Other (Toddler)
      • Student's age
      • Details
        Toddler beginning
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